DAF has delivered its 500th truck to Jordan. This is much more than just a milestone as the Eindhoven-based truck manufacturer, considering its very recent entry into the Jordanian market in 2014. The delivery of a DAF CF85 4x2 Euro3 tractor is indicative of the strong position of DAF Trucks in Jordan, where the Dutch manufacturer now leads the market with a market share of over 25%.
The 500th truck delivered is part of an order of 50 trucks for Euro Shipping Services (ESS) in Amman. ESS is a large intermodal haulier that specialises in shipping, freight forwarding, container cargo, general cargo, air freight and warehousing.
With the 50 new DAF vehicles, ESS aims to capitalise on the growing demand for transport in Jordan. And the decision to opt for the CF85 is no coincidence, according to ESS-owners Issam Sacca and Mahmoud Omran: “The DAFs are extremely efficient as regards fuel consumption, which is one of the reasons why they have an incredibly favourable Total Cost of Ownership. But also in terms of safety, reliability and robustness, the DAF CF is without doubt the truck that we want to add to our fleet of 90 vehicles. And we have great faith too in both the after sales support and in the extra services provided by the local DAF dealer, Manaseer.”
For ‘rough terrain’ regions like the Middle East, DAF equips its trucks with – among other components – a heavy duty driveline, a reinforced wheel housing, an oversized cooling system and a specially adapted air intake.
“The driving conditions in countries like Jordan can often be very demanding - and so we adjust our trucks accordingly”, says Michiel Kuijs, Managing Director Sales Operations. “We offer the same DAF experience to every operator no matter where he is in the world: maximum uptime and low maintenance costs at the lowest possible total cost of ownership. It's not without reason that we have become the market leader in Jordan within four years. The 16-tonne and heavier truck market is around 600 vehicles and DAF already has gained a market share of more than 25%.”